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Best of luck on your licensing exams! Having your Professional Engineer license, your PE, will open doors for you in your career.  I work for a public agency with many civil engineers and some mechanical engineers.  The PE can be your ticket to your success!

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Well I officially graduated on Saturday. They have it kind of backwards, because I still have classes until the end of the week, but I'm glad because it looks like I'll be able to leave Wednesday at the latest. Then its back to Me and my Buick. :)

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8 hours ago, Beemon said:

Well I officially graduated on Saturday. They have it kind of backwards, because I still have classes until the end of the week, but I'm glad because it looks like I'll be able to leave Wednesday at the latest. Then its back to Me and my Buick. :)

 

 Really?  But, but, you just started school last week!  Didn't you?     Man , time flies when we are having fun.

 

 Congratulations!   

 

  Don't forget us.

 

  Ben

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I've been working this degree since 2010, the same year I started my Buick and the same year I graduated after the death of my grandmother. It's been a long road, getting sucked into the politics of community college, but I wouldn't give it up. 

 

I started my Buick project to save my grandfather from grief but it ultimately helped both of us get through life in our own ways. Im glad that despite all the shortcomings, he at least got to see the car painted again before he passed. 

 

I don't plan to go anywhere. Sometimes out of spite I threaten to sell the car, but I could never part with it because it has become not only a part of me and a part of who I am, but also the revival of my grandfather's spirit and I couldn't give that away.

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On 12/10/2019 at 4:15 PM, Ben Bruce aka First Born said:

That is the spirit. Show that rascal, and the world, who is the boss.

 

I was just told you made your breaks self adjusting. Did you document the details here?

 

 Ben

 

Hi Ben,

 

I think I posted about it in Post War, but I don't blame you if nothing came up in the search bar. I can never find what I'm looking for with it.

 

The donor vehicle was a 1968 Buick Riviera, but any 12 inch drum brake Buick past I believe 1964 will work. Unfortunately they do not sell the adjuster arm new, so you need to find a good used pair at the junkyard. I found two cars and put them on the front and rears, but I had trouble finding a local shop that did custom brake lining so I went to a disc kit on the front (one I had purchased before). I still have them on the rears and they work perfect. 

 

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Here is the set installed on the front. All of the springs and associated hardware was bought NEW from NAPA. I don't remember part numbers, but you can find them on RockAuto or the NAPA catalogs. You might have to search different years or models on both sites. I used to have an excel sheet, but I think I lost it when I lost my backup thumb drive (irony).

 

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This is the replacement override spring on the left with the originals on the right. I don't know when they changed the design but they are and work the same as the originals. 

 

Hope this helps!

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So you guys remember when I started talking about vibration issues when driving the car? Well I think I figured it out, sort of.

 

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I'm not sure when this happened. Its kind of the wrong time of the year to do stuff with cars, but looks like I'll have a weekend project of aligning the front end myself. At least to within reason. It'll be difficult with tires like these, so I'll rotate them first, then align it. Hopefully with my second or third paycheck I can invest in some nice white walls, and then align it again.

 

My car still rides on original suspension equipment, but I've watched the car move through full travel and there doesn't seem to be any type of play in any of the bushings. When I first got the car, the grease was still soft where it was thin, but solid where it wasn't. I cleaned the living daylights out of all that stuff and it pushes fresh grease without issue. The only thing I threw out of whack was the tie-rod adjustment. If I remember correctly, reading one of @old-tank's posts, he used an app on his phone to use the built in gyroscope for measuring angles.

 

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Since I'm back home, here's a vanity picture of the fleet in good ol' Wetstern Washington.

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On 12/11/2019 at 7:40 PM, Beemon said:

So you guys remember when I started talking about vibration issues when driving the car? Well I think I figured it out, sort of.

 

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I'm not sure when this happened. Its kind of the wrong time of the year to do stuff with cars, but looks like I'll have a weekend project of aligning the front end myself. At least to within reason. It'll be difficult with tires like these, so I'll rotate them first, then align it. Hopefully with my second or third paycheck I can invest in some nice white walls, and then align it again.

 

My car still rides on original suspension equipment, but I've watched the car move through full travel and there doesn't seem to be any type of play in any of the bushings. When I first got the car, the grease was still soft where it was thin, but solid where it wasn't. I cleaned the living daylights out of all that stuff and it pushes fresh grease without issue. The only thing I threw out of whack was the tie-rod adjustment. If I remember correctly, reading one of @old-tank's posts, he used an app on his phone to use the built in gyroscope for measuring angles.

 

Image may contain: car, tree and outdoor

 

Since I'm back home, here's a vanity picture of the fleet in good ol' Wetstern Washington.

Any updates?

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